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Benkay Japanese Restaurant

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2 India St, Portland, ME 04101-4710
207-773-5555
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5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout

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  • 41
    Very good
  • 16
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  • 5
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  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Sushi

The location is great right in downtown Portland across for the Nova Scotia Dock. The rest had a parking lot and that was great. Our service was really good and they were very friendly. Our food was very good. We had a few of there signature rolls and they were so good. My only complaint... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
WisconsinBaderFan
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Brookfield, Wisconsin
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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Brookfield, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

The location is great right in downtown Portland across for the Nova Scotia Dock. The rest had a parking lot and that was great. Our service was really good and they were very friendly. Our food was very good. We had a few of there signature rolls and they were so good. My only complaint was I felt is was... More 

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boston
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Lunch box special excellent. Everything was so fresh--vegetable tempura: light and tasty. Grilled shrimp-beautifully seasoned (perhaps a little bit tough?). Sushi- generous portion:flavors well balanced. Pork dumplings-lightly spiced, full of pork. Miso soup-a delight: delicately salty.

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Portland, Maine
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 357 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Benkay has been on my long list of restaurants to try...I finally got the chance on the Fourth of July with my oldest son, who was visiting from out of state. First of all, Benkay is located right on the waterfront very near to where the Nova Star docks...it was in port about to sail for Nova Scotia...a beautiful sight.... More 

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Bath, Maine
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Ando and staff make you feel right at home. The staff are attentive and friendly. The food here is always stellar. The atmosphere is quiet, but fun, and the disco sushi, is a crazy fun time. Benkay always delivers. Whatever we order, we are never disappointed. As someone who does NOT like fish or seafood, to find that I actually... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

I used to love this place for sushi and thought it was the best in town. However, prices have climbed and portions have decreased. Recent visit left me very light in the wallet for little worth crowing about. Huge price jump for same meals after lunch period. Not worth the stop.

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Portland, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

This restaurant is small, but tables are well distributed, service is very professional and friendly, food selection is adequate for every taste, and Thursday to Saturday nights, it turns into a quick sushi-bar that offers low-priced sushi roll combos and drinks. Great place to meet with friends and family.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 via mobile

The hotel staff raved about the sushi here, so I jumped in for 2 rolls. I'm not sure what the hype is about. The staff was friendly, and the 2 rolls were good, but it's nothing to rave about. The atmosphere is warm, cozy, and definitely inviting. Sushi was fresh, but the food was nothing over the top. Just a... More 

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Casco, Maine
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Have been to Benkay several times in the last year. Always warm and friendly staff with very good service and most knowledgeable about the menu. The Benkay box is a big hit and it changes daily. The Maki Rolls are divine and especially the Benkay roll, our all time favorite. Not a huge sushi fan but plenty on the menu... More 

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Gilford
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

January is not the most hospitable month to visit Portland, but we wanted fresh sushi so Portland it was. We decided to try someplace new as our favorite Japanese restaurant is not as pleasant as when you can sit outside. So Benkay was our choice. We arrived just before noon and the place filled up quickly after us. The fish... More 

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Maine
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

There are a number of good Japanese Restaurants in Portland but we found their menu was pricy in comparison to others around when the food and service does not stand out.

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Additional Information about Benkay Japanese Restaurant

Address: 2 India St, Portland, ME 04101-4710
Phone Number: 207-773-5555
Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm  12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm  11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm  11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm  11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm  11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm  5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday 5:00 pm - 12:00 am  12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2 India St, Portland, ME 04101-4710
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: 207-773-5555

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Doing business
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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